Ping Definition

pĭng
pinged, pinging, pings
noun
pings
The sound made by a bullet striking something sharply.
Webster's New World
Any sound somewhat similar to this, as an engine knocking, a sonar echo, etc.
Webster's New World
A protocol that sends a message to another computer and waits for acknowledgment, often used to check if another computer on a network is reachable.
American Heritage
(submarine navigation) A pulse of high-pitched or ultrasonic sound whose echoes provide information about nearby objects and vessels.
The submarine sent out a ping and got an echo from a battleship.
Wiktionary

(networking) A packet which a remote host is expected to echo, thus indicating its presence.

The network is overloaded from all the pings going out.
Wiktionary
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verb
pinged, pinging, pings
To make or cause to make such a sound.
Webster's New World
(submarine navigation) To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.
Wiktionary

(networking) To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present, particularly by use of the ping utility.

I'm pinging their server.
The server pings its affiliates periodically.
Wiktionary
(networking) To send a network packet to another host and receive an acknowledgement in return.
I can't ping their server: perhaps it's been switched off.
Wiktionary
To send an email or other message to someone in hopes of eliciting a response.
I'll ping the insurance company again to see if they've received our claim.
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A river, about 565 km (350 mi) long, of western Thailand. It is a major tributary of the Chao Phraya.
American Heritage

A utility used to test a path from one host computer to another across an IP-based network in what is essentially a command to echo the packet from the remote host back to the originating host. Ping is an application of the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP). Ping was invented by Mike Muuss of the Army Research Laboratory in 1983 to diagnose an IP network problem. Muuss had done a considerable amount of work in college on sonar and radar modeling and was inspired by the principle of echo location. He named the utility after the sound that sonar makes when a signal returns.A lot of people think that ping is an acronym for Packet INternet Groper. According to Muuss, "packet internet groper" is a backronym reverse-engineered by Dr. David L. Mills. Note: Mills warns people that the clock on his wall runs backwards. I guess that explains it. See also acronym, backronym, host, ICMP, IP, radar, sonar, and utility.

Webster's New World Telecom
Slang for bouncing something off someone, i.e., asking someone a question, as in "Hold on just a minute while I ping Margaret and see if she'd like to join us."
Webster's New World Telecom

Other Word Forms of Ping

Noun

Singular:
ping
Plural:
pings

Origin of Ping

  • Imitative Sense 2, so called by American programmer Michael Muuss (1958–2000), author of the original protocol code, in reference to sonar pings

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Onomatopoeic.

    From Wiktionary

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